Graduate Student in Religion and Culture
David is a Ph.D. student in Religion and Culture at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dallas Baptist University in 2013. He was then awarded a Dean’s Honor Scholarship to attend SMU’s Perkins School of Theology where he graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Theological Studies degree in 2015. He was also a recipient of the Phillip Schaff Prize in Church History for demonstrated excellence in the historical study of Christianity. His research interests include: the anthropology of religion; the intersection of race, ethnicity and religion; theologies of Liberation; and global Pentecostalism(s). His dissertation research centers on the social-ethical dimensions of Latin-American Pentecostalism. David’s wife Martica is from Cali, Colombia, and they live in the mid-cities area with their fifteen-year-old son, Miles. David is currently the director of contemporary worship at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church.